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Those who follow South Carolina recruiting will remember the drama of the Gamecock staff backing off of St Matthew's Mack, and Mack eventually choosing Auburn. The loudest noise involving Mack since he arrived in Auburn was not on the football field, but when Mack was shot in a highly publicized off campus shooting.
Now comes word that Mack has left the Auburn program "of his own accord." The Gamecock staff are looking pretty smart now...
Follow me on Twitter @MeetMeAtThe50 for original thoughts and a good aggregate source of breaking info.
You mean our coaches have better insight on recruits than we do? Surely you jest...
The staff backed off, or he backed off from us?
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IIRC Mack was committed to USC. he came on his OV and was secretly comitted to Auburn. He was trying to recruit for them on the OV and was boorish in his behavior and Spurrier sent him home.
Seems like that does ring a bell.
Was it Mack who answered his cell phone when meeting with Spurrier on his OV? And if I remember correctly, Elliot had just taken the OL job and told Spurrier he refused to coach him.
It was Hyman.
I think it was during the 2009 season he came in for a visit and Wolford was the O-line coach that told him to take a hike.
I knew it was coming...
I'm actually surprised he lasted this long at Aubie. They must have some very laxed rules down there. The only thing he was missing on his OV at USC was a Mai Tai with umbrella. He had the other parts of the Club Med look covered.
When he flipped, some posters on here went into depression that we lost such a highly-rated player. I can't recall, but did anyone call out the coaching staff for this supposed screwup?
Come on guys....we wanted Eric Mack. I think this more had to do with personal reasons than anything else.
We wanted nothing to do with him after that visit.
If I remember correctly I believe he was also disrespectful to Mrs. Spurrier as well.
Not sure if serious.
I will say on Mack, when I first started covering him during his junior season, Eric was a great kid. He was polite respectful and fun to talk with. He was a completely different kid.
As things progressed though and recruiting became more and more national for him, I could tell a difference in his attitude and character.
We have to remember these young men, 16, 17 year old kids can be impressionable and while it is easy for adults to sit here and say "oh he shouldn't act like that" or call him names that kids can get caught up in the process and influenced by those around him. Eric was one of those kids.
At the end of the day, I hate to read this about him. I hope he lands on his feet somewhere and can finish his degree. He has a daughter that he needs to raise as his part of his life and to do that he needed to make the best of his education and even the talent on the football field.
I hated to hear about the shooting at Auburn and hope that in the long run Eric finds what is best for him. The way he acted the final 6-8 months of his recruiting was not correct and should make others appreciate the recruits that are able to handle the process with dignity and keep their self respect.
I wish no ill will on Eric Mack, there was people that got to him and I believe corrupted him. I hope he is able to overcome that in the long run, maybe transfer back to South Carolina State, finish his degree and provide his daughter and himself a quality lifestyle.
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Class post Mr. Gunter.
I don't think you remember how that actually went down.
The kid all but made it clear he was going to auburn, then our coaches 'dropped' him.
Does appear as though we dodged a bullet with that one though.
Good post Gunter.
I hope all the upvotes are for our coaches knowing more than the usual message board whiners and not because this kid failed.
I hope he gets his stuff together and learns from his mistakes. He's still a young guy and as posted above I hope he gets that degree. Good luck to him.
SCSU sounds like the perfect place for him to get it turned around.
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